TEKNO Autosports has come away from the MSS Security Challenge at the Australian Grand Prix bolstered by the arrival of a new sponsor and great demonstration of speed from both cars all weekend.
TEKNO was proud to have iconic Australian confectionary company Darrell Lea join the team as the sponsor of Jonathon Webb’s #19 VF Commodore, again linking two great Australian family-owned businesses.
A weekend of changeable Melbourne weather saw the first races of the ‘Car of the Future’ era on both the soft and wet tyres. Webb and teammate Shane van Gisbergen showed their fast pace throughout the four 12-lap races, including an incredible display from both drivers in Saturday’s extremely wet conditions.
Despite setbacks that included a broken transaxle, exclusion from race three due to an inadvertent technical infringement and a ruptured power steering hose, the team and drivers are delighted by the positive signs. Webb, who had a consistent weekend of results including a stellar podium finish on Saturday, commented:
“It was an interesting weekend for us as a team, and an absolute pleasure to have Darrell Lea come on board. It was good to get some time on a wet track, as we hadn’t driven these new cars in the rain before,” Webb said.
“It was exciting to be out there, putting on a show for the fans. It was a shame that we had a couple of issues, but I’m extremely proud of the team and how we’re moving forward. It’s put a smile on my face.”
Team TEKNO V.I.P. Petfoods’ van Gisbergen raced fast and clean across the entire Grand Prix weekend. Following his gearbox DNF in race 1, van Gisbergen drove from 26th position to finish 9th in Race 2, and then won Race 3 on a treacherously wet Melbourne afternoon. Following the technical exclusion, he again drove from 26th to 9th on Sunday.
He commented:“I’m in a great team and atmosphere at TEKNO, I feel like I’m driving really well, and to be getting results like we have is awesome,” said van Gisbergen.
“I don’t really like the wet – just like everyone else – but I seem to go OK in it, the car is really hooked up and is great to drive. I’m enjoying it a lot.”
The V8 Supercars Championship continues at the Tasmania 360 at Symmons Plains Raceway across the weekend of April 5-7.